Furnace maintenance is important to help keep your home warm this winter. Have preventative maintenance done now so the furnace does not encounter a problem later when you will need it. An inspection and tune-up will help ensure that the heating system for the home is ready for winter. It can also help ensure that the furnace will be efficient as well. Having regular maintenance done for your furnace is a low expense to pay compared to ignoring it. The cost of neglecting the furnace maintenance and repairs can be high not only on costly repair bills, but also the monthly heating bills. Heating professionals have said that seventy five percent of emergency calls in the winter are attributed to the lack of maintenance with the furnace. Neglecting the heating system may result in it breaking down when you will need it the most. A poorly maintained furnace can also result in higher energy bills.

 

Inspect parts and components for the furnace

 

While inspecting the furnace, the electrical connections should be checked. Also make sure to test the voltage to make sure the system components are working effectively. Testing these can also help determine if the parts are going to fail any time soon. All moving parts should also be properly lubricated. Insufficient lubrication can decrease the overall efficiency of the heating unit. It can also create early wear and tear, which will force parts to be replaced sooner than they should. Make sure the condensation drain for the furnace is not clogged. Any obstruction in the drain could cause water damage to the unit. It could also cause high humidity, mold, or bacteria growth. Inspect the exhaust outlets of the furnace as well. If the outlets are damaged or clogged, it may cause a buildup of carbon monoxide or other gases. During tune-ups of the system, the chimney flue should also be check to ensure there is no corrosion, leaks, or back drafting in it. The burners and heat exchangers should also be inspected. Leaky or disconnected fuel lines or connections could present a safety risk. Leaks can also lower the efficiency of the heating system. Burners with an accumulation of soot will also lower the energy efficiency of the unit.

 

Check and replace the air filter regularly

The filters should be inspected regularly as you use the furnace. If the filter becomes clogged and dirty, make sure to replace it with a new filter. This can help to provide better quality air to your home. Clogged air filters can also restrict the airflow that is produced. This can reduce the life of the furnace, as well as having an increase in monthly energy bills.

 

Inspect the thermostat for an efficient system

 

Check the startup and shutdown of the controls of the thermostat for the heating unit. The start and stop cycles that are usually based on thermostat settings, should be check to make sure the system is operating properly. You can also invest in a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats can help save you money on monthly energy bills. This is because they allow you to set the temperature on certain days and times. You can then avoid overheating the home when nobody is there.